On a popular website I was browsing, there was a voting question on the captain’s Ryder Cup picks. The choice was which person to leave off among Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, or Jim Furyk. When you place your vote the results are posted, and although close, the man out was Furyk. He would seem to be the logical choice, not having won a tournament for some time in spite of recently shooting the lowest score ever recorded at a PGA Tour event. In world rankings, he is lower than the others, also. If I were the captain, however, he is the guy I would want on my team. So the logical question – why discard Bubba? He certainly would get the gallery hopped up. My main reason is the course. Hazeltine National is an Open course, narrow fairways, heavy rough and mature trees. I don’t think it favors Bubba off the tee. Yes, he played well at the Olympics, but that was a wide-open course. At the Ryder Cup, we will need balls in the fairway, and Furyk can certainly do that. We will especially need accuracy off the tee in foursome play, an area where the U.S. team is woeful. I have nothing against Bubba; I just think this course is not suited to his game, and Furyk seems to play well on these types of courses. So he got my vote and Bubba didn’t. In any event, whoever the choice, I anticipate an exciting match, another up-and-down to the wire finish.
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